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John Cromer, 102, of Westport, passed away at Thursday, September 26, 2013 at his residence. He was born on March 25, 1911 in East Bernstadt, Ky., the son of Reed and Matilda (Lutz) Cromer.
John graduated from East Bernstadt Independent School and Sue College in London, Ky. He received a B.S. and Master’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky State University in Richmond, Ky. Prior to WW II, he taught school in Laurel County, Ky. After the war, he was hired by Phelps High School to teach, be the varsity basketball coach and drive a bus. He was coach for nine years at Phelps High, Principal of Freeburn Grade School for five years and principal at Phelps High School for six years.
In 1967, he moved to Westport and became the principal of Sandcreek Elementary and High School for one year. In 1968, Sandcreek High School and Jackson High School merged to form South Decatur High School. For nine years he was principal of Burney and Sandcreek Elementary Schools. In 1977, he retired with 36 years of service in Kentucky and 10 years in Indiana.
His memberships include Peter Creek Presbyterian Church in Phelps, Ky. He served on the Board of Directors of Decatur County United Fund and the Area 11 Agency on Aging. He was a former member and past President of the Westport Kiwanis Club and received recognition for leadership in building several new Kiwanis clubs in Indiana. He was also active in the BUG Award (Bring Up Grades) program and the Kiwanis Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner. In 2001, he received the Senior Volunteer Award for Decatur County.
Mr. Cromer served on the Westport Town Board from 1972-1976 and 1992-2007. He prepared free tax returns for senior citizens and low income people for 18 years and helped many senior citizens when they needed help or a ride to the doctor.